Sprague Gibbons, based in Queen Square, celebrated 25 years in business with a celebratory event at the Bristol Old Vic yesterday.
Peter Gibbons and David Sprague (now retired) set up the agency in 1994, initially as a design agency. The agency soared in the 2000s as its recruitment advertising business boomed, and that part (RAA Sprague Gibbons) was sold off as a separate limited company in 2008.
Sprague Gibbons continued to operate as a design and marketing agency, and is now in a period of regrowth, since Peter was joined by Sarah Asprey (formerly client services director of RAA Sprague Gibbons), briefed to bring together all the skills and specialisms of the agency and evolve it into the dynamic, full-service marketing agency that it is today.
Over 130 clients, partners and friends of the agency gathering to celebrate with drinks and canapes, and were entertained by Sieko, the international magician, a giant Scalextric set, and the opportunity to have their “Rubbish Portrait” drawn by artist, Lucie Sheridan.
Peter Gibbons, founder and MD, said: “It was a wonderful evening, to be surrounded by so many friends, including clients who have been with us since day 1. It’s been a pretty amazing 25 years, made possible by our loyal clients and our fantastic team. It was great to stop for a moment and reflect on what we’ve achieved, as well as look forward to taking the agency even further on its journey.”
“No business succeeds over 2.5 decades without the support of lots of different people, not just clients and employees, but suppliers and partner businesses, and it’s all of those people working together that have made our ongoing success possible. We’re grateful to them all.”
Sprague Gibbons has consistently supported various charities and aspiring sportsmen and women over the years, including Bristol Sport, Break the Cycle, the Bloodhound Project, Kevin Dunn (UCI World Masters Track cyclist, young racing driver Shanel Drew, and Old Bristolians Rugby Club. But the agency’s main charity partner is FRANK Water, the clean water charity. They had a presence at the event, and founder Katie Alcott MBE spoke about the organisation’s work.
“We are honoured to be SG’s charity partner and were absolutely delighted to celebrate their 25th birthday last night. The silver gala was a great opportunity to share stories of how Peter and his wonderful team at SG have supported our life-saving work over the last year, in front of their partners and clients, showcasing the extraordinary charity work that is so central to the organisation’s values.”
The list of guests featured some well-known figures from Bristol and further afield, including Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset Police, James Durie, Chief Executive of Business West, Stephen Bampfylde, Chairman and founder of Saxton Bampfylde, Michiel Kramer, European Sales & Marketing Director of Cooper Tires, and Katie Alcott MBE, founder of FRANK Water.